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I really enjoyed reading Vietnam: The War America Could Never Win (September 2017. You mentioned a lot of people who spoke out against the war, including public figures and members of the public. However, two important people who were never mentioned are Democratic senators Wayne Morse of Oregon, and Ernest Gruening of Alaska. This couple of men were the only two people in Congress who voted against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Gruening remarked at the time that it would “send our American boys into combat in a war in which we have no business”.

Furthermore, Wayne Morse said at a protest rally, “My plea is we’ve got to think of the future… your future, and we’ve got to come to grips with the issues that are going to confront your generation.” As you mentioned in your article, the war became an issue that confronted a generation of young Americans. Unfortunately for Morse, his anti-war stance was used against him when he came up for re-election in 1968, losing after 24 years in the Senate to pro-war Robert Packwood.

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